By: RICKY JORDAN
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According to reports from Barbados by Daily Nation News LEGAL ACTION is about to be brought against the Royal Barbados Police Force and one
of the world's biggest reggae artistes, Sizzla, who is slated to perform here this weekend.
The action, stemming from Miguel Sizzla Collins not being allowed to enter Barbados last year, is to be brought by a United States-based Bajan promoter, who paid
50 per cent of the performance fees for the March 2005 show that didn't come off.
Promoter Anthony Harris told the Daily Nation yesterday he was meeting with attorneys here in an attempt to take action against Sizzla and the Commissioner of Police, who stopped Sizzla's entry into the country following an arrest in connection with illegal firearms.
Harris said he had been trying to contact Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin for the last month and Sizzla's management for eight months.
"I seem to have just been dropped by the wayside," he added, noting some US$50 000 had gone into the deposit for fees and other costs toward last year's show. "The least Sizzla's management should have done would have been to meet with me," he said, noting it would also have been normal practice to reschedule the show.
Asked whether his legal action would be an injunction, he said this would be known fully by today after meeting with his attorney.
"I'm not interested in stopping anybody's show. I just want my money. I need to be recognised," he said.
A source close to Sizzla's management, meanwhile, said the deposit had in fact been paid to them last year and they had been prepared to perform in Barbados.
"It wasn't Sizzla's fault that the show didn't come off. It's the police's fault," the source added.
Meanwhile, Floyd Reifer who along with former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh is bringing Sizzla here, said he had heard nothing about such legal action. But he said he and Walsh, operating under the title of Cricket Icons Entertainment, had the okay
from the police, Immigration and emergency services.
The show comes off Saturday at the National Stadium, featuring Sizzla, Gregory Isaacs, Tony Curtis, and LUST out of Kingston, Jamaica.